Nasa’s daring mission to ‘touch the sun’ explained
NASA is expected to announce Wednesday that it intends to embark on a daring mission to “touch the sun.”
The organization will launch a probe that will be submerged in the surface of the star and will be the first mission to approach the sun.
NASA hopes to use the data the probe will collect to help astronomers predict solar storms and explain some of the deeper mysteries surrounding our source of light and heat.
According to a NASA statement, the spacecraft will be launched in the summer of 2018 and will orbit less than 4 million km from the “surface” of the Sun, where the probe “will face the heat and radiation differentiates any spacecraft Space in history. ”
Although 4 million miles seem far away from our small standards here on Earth, being close to it is likely to be a risk to the sun’s spacecraft.
For example, in orbit around the sun at a distance of 28 to 43 million miles from the surface and Mercury’s atmosphere have been completely changed by the constant stream of radiation and sun particles.
The spacecraft is able to cope with temperatures up to 1400 ° C.
The nearest spacecraft was before Helios 2 is located less than 27 million kilometers from the sun in 1976.
Is likely to help future generations of humans who can live a day beyond the Earth’s atmosphere information obtained from the probe.
Our world has become increasingly dependent on a network technology – in orbit and on the surface of our planet – that is vulnerable to a threat we barely refer to.
These people need to know to protect against the wind from charged particles and radiation.
“[Solar Probe Plus] explore the outer atmosphere of the sun and make critical observations that answer questions about decennial physics of how stars work,” said NASA.
“The resulting data will improve predictions of major space events that have an impact on life on Earth, as well as satellites and astronauts in space.”